Sudha's soulful Simhendra madhyamam

Sudha Raghunathan's concert at Kamarajar hall for Chennayil Thiruvaiyaru spelt class and content.

A varnam in khamas – Mathe malayadhwaja by Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar kick started the concert after which she picked up Seethamma mayamma in vasantha by Thyagaraja. Her harmonious rendition of the song was suffused with the beauty of the raga.

Since it was the 9th day of Margazhi - a month dedicated to Andal she sang the 9th pasuram of Thirupavai penned by Andal - thoomani madathu in Hamir kalyani.

After a brief alapana she plunged into the pasuram.Sudha headed straightaway into Entharomahanubhavulu a pancha ratna kriti in sriraga by Thyagaraja. It was a musical outburst and she gave a deep insight into the raga with her soulful rendition.

The mainstay of the concert was Simhendra madhyamam –Asainthadum mayil onru made popular by her guru the eminent M L Vasanthakumari..Her brilliant flashes of the raga were chiseled to reflect the beauty of it. The blitzkrieg swaras showcased her penchant for kalpana swaras.

Embar Kannan on the violin was a perfect foil to her following like a shadow.Thiruvarur Vaidyanathan on mridangam was buoyant and mesmerized the audience with his energetic play.Raman on moharsingh mage his presence felt with his sharp responses during tani.

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